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Elmer Gantry

Elmer Gantry is a 1960 film which tells the story of a con man who teams up with a female evangelist to sell religion to small-town America. It stars Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Arthur Kennedy, Dean Jagger[?], Shirley Jones, Patti Page[?], Edward Andrews[?] and John McIntire[?].

The movie was adapted by Richard Brooks[?] from the novel by Sinclair Lewis. It was directed by Brooks.

It won Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Burt Lancaster), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Shirley Jones) and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. It was also nominated for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture and Best Picture.

When the movie first played on television, the entire subplot involving Shirley Jones as a prostitute (even though she had won an Academy Award for the part) was cut out, because it clashed with her then-wholesome image as the mother from the The Partridge Family.

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